Bunny Hutches and Jasper

Winterizing the Homestead!

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Now, that it’s mid-October Fall is really starting to be in the air! I’m really looking forward to this weekend when the high is supposed to be 54° on Friday and 60° on Saturday!! I can wear sweatshirts and thick sweaters, and finding the right outfit for Church on Sunday just got a whole lot easier!

With the cold temperatures forecasted we’re starting to work on winterizing the homestead. There’s a lot of little projects that we need to knock out before Winter hits.

Dad and Bradley worked outside yesterday starting the winterizing process by mulching the leaves in the front yard and repairing the chicken coop outlet so that we can prevent their water from freezing overnight. That’s just the first of many Winterizing projects knocked off the list.

We have plans this week to finish cleaning out the garden beds and preparing the soil for next year. We’ll hopefully distribute all of the compost, egg, shells, and coffee grounds that we’ve been saving throughout the year. Last week I pulled out two trash bags full of blighted, rotten, and under-ripe produce. We didn’t want to leave it and till it under for fear that it would spread the blight and harm next year’s plants. We’ve got a couple of buckets of peppers in the pantry that we want to process before they go bad. We’re hoping to make a couple of batches of Hot Pepper Jelly. That’ll take care of the last of this year’s produce!

Then there’s the bunnies. Though rabbits are cold tolerant they don’t like to be wet or have the wind blow on them. A few weeks back we replaced their leaky roof. Now we’ve got to wrap the sides of the hutches with plastic to keep the wind out and build a small box for each bunny to burrow into when it does get cold.

needing to winterize the bunny hutches

And last but not least. The most important part of any winterization is cutting firewood! We have a few stackers already full but not nearly enough for Winter. We try to work on cutting wood all year long but once we have the first fire or so in the fireplace each year wood cutting becomes a priority. Bradley went out yesterday and cut a couple of wheelbarrows full and we plan to do the same this evening.

Remember Skid Buster? Dad had another smaller and lighter one made! It makes it easier for whoever’s splitting the skids and even enables 2 people to split skids at the same time expediting the process!

There’s a lot of preparing to do before Winter sets in, but I can’t help but be reminded…If we put this much work into Winterizing the Homestead and caring for the animals, how much more work does God put into preparing our heavenly home and taking care of us in this life?

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him…For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things…Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will…Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows…In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
~Matthew 7:11, Mathew 6:32, Matthew 10:29, 31, John 14:1-2

Until next time,

Bailey Sue